Deputy Kelly Moller – Legislative Update

Dear neighbors,

As we prepare for what looks like a snowy weekend, this week has been especially busy at the Capitol as we continue to work on solutions to make our state work better for everyone and help Minnesotans have the economic security they need. they deserve Here’s an update from the Capitol:

Prevention of armed violence

On the Public Safety Committee that I chair, we are considering bills to prevent gun violence and make Minnesota a safer place to live. This week we heard a bill to make the purchase of firearm straws a crime and improve the effectiveness of the law that prohibits the activity, strengthen the legal definition of trigger triggers (to ban the type of trigger used in the Burnsville murders) and require reporting on gun trafficking and firearm seizures.

These bills are in addition to others we’ve heard in committee this year: improving our safe gun storage law, requiring a report of a lost or stolen gun, allowing more flexibility for local jurisdictions to create safe spaces and create a task force to provide recommendations on gun removal for people with domestic abuse convictions. This is a continuation of the work we began last year to provide expanded criminal background checks, extreme risk protection orders (red flag laws), and historic funding for violence prevention efforts. Preventing gun violence requires a multifaceted approach, and I am committed to that work.

Improvements to the parenting law

This week I introduced a bill to the Judiciary Committee that would improve the laws governing parenting time for parents who are separated. This is a complicated issue that has been worked on for years. Many stakeholders came together to work on this bill, which has broad bipartisan support.

The House approves 101 environmental projects

Minnesotans are proud of our legacy of environmental stewardship. That’s why we passed legislation to fund 101 projects across our state that protect our wildlife, water, air and soil. The funding, which comes from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund, uses a portion of state lottery revenue to ensure our environment and natural resources are protected for future generations.

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The Minnesota Legislative-Citizen Resources Commission is gathering input on the future of Environmental and Natural Resources Trust Fund spending and getting feedback on which environmental issues are most important to you. Make your voice heard on how to improve Minnesota’s environment and natural resources. Take the survey here.

Expand access to affordable and high-quality health care

All Minnesotans deserve to live healthy lives with financial security, and DFLers at the Capitol are committed to expanding access to affordable, quality health care. Unfortunately, many Minnesotans currently cannot afford health insurance or have health insurance they cannot afford to use. Working families without employer-based insurance often face outrageous premiums and other out-of-pocket costs. For example, many plans in the individual market have annual deductibles of $7,000 or more. This puts Minnesotans in an impossible situation, causing people to avoid care and resulting in poor health outcomes sometimes with tragic consequences.

One plan to solve this problem affecting Minnesota’s middle class is the MinnesotaCare public option. It would allow all Minnesotans to access comprehensive health insurance coverage with vision, dental and more with low out-of-pocket costs and a large network of quality medical providers. People enrolled in the Public Option will pay their own premiums at significantly lower prices than currently available in the individual market determined on a sliding scale based on income.

MinnesotaCare has been a nationally-leading, highly successful and trusted health insurance program serving low-income working Minnesotans for more than 30 years. The bill creating a MinnesotaCare public option that would expand affordable health insurance to thousands more Minnesotans is moving through the House committee process. Here’s a great explanation of how this could benefit Minnesotans.

MNCARE

Constituent Boards

I really enjoyed meeting with all the constituents who came down to the Capitol this year to talk about the legislation they care about. Please be sure to let me know if you plan to visit!

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Be in touch

Please feel free to contact me directly with your views or if I can be of assistance. My email is rep.kelly.moller@house.mn.gov and my phone number is 651-296-0141. You can learn about the invoices that have been submitted here and track the invoices I’ve created here. If you have neighbors, friends or family who you think will find these updates valuable, please share with them; you can subscribe here. I also encourage you to follow me on Facebook.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you.

Sincerely,

Kelly Moller
State representative

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